30 days in Central Europe Itinerary

30 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central Europe route planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

30 days in Central Europe Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  28​h
1
Warsaw, Poland
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Budapest, Hungary
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Prague, Czech Republic
— 6 nights
Fly:  29​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

1
night
Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw draws big crowds with its seemingly unstoppable energy, exemplified by the city's explosive nightlife and thriving music scene.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Lazienki Palace (Palac Lazienkowski), stroll through Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie, admire the masterpieces at The Royal Castle in Warsaw - Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Warsaw Rising Museum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Palace of Culture and Science. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, steep yourself in history at Pomnik Bohaterów Getta, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Warsaw trip planning website .

Auckland, New Zealand to Warsaw is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 11 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in May: highs in Warsaw hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can take a train to Krakow.

Things to do in Warsaw

Tours Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie ©
Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie

3
nights
Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Change things up with a short trip to Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim (about 1h 30 min away). There's much more to do: have fun at Shooting in Krakow - Cracow Shooting Academy - Strzelnica Krakow, Head underground at Wieliczka Salt Mine, wander the streets of Stare Miasto, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Wojciech.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Krakow online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Warsaw to Krakow takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Krakow can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Budapest.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mine
Find places to stay May 3 — 6:
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest ©
You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, nightlife, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Parliament, appreciate the history behind Hősök tere, snap pictures at Szechenyi Chain Bridge, and boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

Plan my day in Budapest using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Krakow to Budapest in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Budapest can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Vienna.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites Museums Spas
Find places to stay May 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Koller Gallery ©
Koller Gallery
Parliament ©
Parliament
Fisherman's Bastion ©
Fisherman's Bastion

3
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Vienna is known for museums, parks, historic sites, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Schonbrunn Palace, admire the masterpieces at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, admire the landmark architecture of Belvedere Palace, and see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Vienna sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Budapest to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Schonbrunn Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral (Dom), then examine the collection at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Salzburg Museum, get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, then get great views at Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg), then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and finally see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Salzburg trip planning app .

You can fly from Vienna to Salzburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace
Salzburg Cathedral (Dom) ©
Salzburg Cathedral (Dom)

3
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Munich is known for parks, museums, nightlife, historic sites, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Schloss Nymphenburg, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, and don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Salzburg to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Munich, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay May 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Nymphenburg ©
Schloss Nymphenburg
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
English Garden ©
English Garden

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich. On the next day, take a stroll through Old Town (Altstadt), get engrossed in the history at Swiss National Museum, and then stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern (Fluntern Cemetery).

To see ratings and tourist information, read our Zurich day trip planning tool .

Fly from Munich to Zurich in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lake Lucerne
Find places to stay May 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Old Town (Altstadt) ©
Old Town (Altstadt)
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

3
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, stroll through Zoo Berlin, steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, and examine the collection at Topography of Terror.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Berlin trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Zurich to Berlin by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay May 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

6
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Prague is known for historic sites, nightlife, museums, fun & games, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Old Town Square, tour the pleasant surroundings at Prague Zoo, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, and take some stellar pictures from Prague Astronomical Clock.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Prague sightseeing site .

Getting from Berlin to Prague by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. May in Prague sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Prague

Tours Fun & Games Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 22 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Old Town Square ©
Old Town Square
Prague Castle ©
Prague Castle
Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge

Similar Plans

31 days in Central Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 29 days in Central Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 52 days in Central Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in Central Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in London, Edinburgh & Fort Augustus BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 26 days in Europe BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE May, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 58 days in Western Europe & Central Europe BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 47 days in Central Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in Central Europe BY A USER FROM ITALY May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 60 days in Central Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 19 days in Barcelona, Madrid & Central Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 43 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans